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Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar is sending cities, counties, transit systems and special purpose taxing districts $906.6 million in local sales tax allocations for October, 20.6% more than in October 2020. The allocations are based on sales made in August by businesses that report tax monthly.

The Independent Bankers Association of Texas — the largest state community banking association in the nation — recently honored Lamar National Bank with two Best of Community Banking Awards.

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Business recognition this month went to Reno Radiator, a business that has been thriving in town for more than 38 years. A plaque was given to show the city’s appreciation.

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 “Despite the rain, we’ve had a pretty good fair although attendance was down about 6,000 from a normal year,” recently named executive director Steve Tucker said about the four- day run of the Red River Valley Fair.

 

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Parisians Dr. Wally Kraft, Jason Exum and Gary Nash are to join other community servants in recognition on the Boys & Girls Club of the Red River Valley Wall of Honor when the alumni and friends association honors the trio at a presentation dinner at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Paris Golf …

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Members of the cast of the Paris Junior College Drama Department production of “Puffs, or Seven Increasingly Eventful Years at a Certain School of Magic and Magic,” entertained library patrons young and old Tuesday evening with a sneak preview of the show as they rehearsed scenes from the play on the library’s outdoor deck.

Susan Hamilton wants Texans to sign a petition calling for a Convention of States in the hopes that enough will want to limit the federal government’s power with a constitutional amendment.

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Autumn is here, and that means the United Way of Lamar County’s fall drive is in full swing. Donations are being accepted now through Nov. 12 to keep 22 essential community organizations such as The Boys & Girls Club of Lamar County, Meals on Wheels and SAFE-T, running smoothly — especially after the financial ravages of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Despite the threat of Covid-19 and the untimely death of long-time former executive director Rita Jane Haynes, the historic Red River Valley Fair begins Wednesday for a four-day run at the Lamar County Fairgrounds.

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County Commissioners began preliminary discussions last week on the expansion of the county jail to accommodate a growing female population and to provide isolation capabilities for mental health and sick inmates.

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Lamar County Commissioners’ Court is expected to declare the week of Oct. 3-9 as National 4-H Week, approve the use of the courthouse parking lot as a staging area for the Festival of Pumpkins on Oct. 23, and will be asked to approve interlocal agreements with neighboring jurisdictions for d…

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Texas Department of Transportation officials have announced that a pair of road maintenance projects have begun at various locations in Lamar and Red River counties.